The Iraqi Oscars

From Riverbend in Baghdad

‘Nominees for Best Actor’ are

Ibraheim Al-Jaffari in ‘Free Iraqi Elections’ for his attempted portrayal of a non-sectarian, independent PM of a ‘legitimate’ Iraqi government.

George W. Bush in ‘OIF: The War on Terror’ The third sequel to the original ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom: Weapons of Mass Destruction’ and ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom: Liberating Iraqis’. Bush’s nomination comes for his convincing portrayal as the worlds first mentally challenged president.

Bayan Baqir Solagh in ‘Torture Houses’, for his world-class acting as the shocked and indignant Iraqi Minister of Interior during the whole torture houses scandal.

Abdul Aziz Al Hakeem in ‘Men in Black [Turbans]’ as the deeply devout Mullah pretending to be independent of his masters in Iran.

Mihsan Abdul Hameed in ‘Fickle’ for his compelling portrayal of a victimized pro-war, then suddenly anti-war, anti-occupation Sunni politician.

Read the whole thing. This is one of her best posts yet. She’s funny and almost playful, even as she lives in Baghdad, amid the deepening chaos and madness.

US envoy warns of Iraq civil war

Rumsfeld of course remains narcotized on the opiates of his own lies, professing that things are just peachy and the media is exaggerating. This would be the same deluded fellow who thought the invasion would be a snap and Iraqis would throw rose petals in the paths of the conquering Americans.

The end of a con man always comes when he comes to believe his own lies, no longer knows what is true, and becomes terminally confused.

But most no longer believe him or Bush.

Majority in U.S. fear Iraq civil war. Poll also finds growing doubts about Bush.

Maybe that’s because they lie?

The toll after a week of sectarian killing, mostly by Shi’ite militias in revenge for the February 22 bombing of the Shi’ite Golden Mosque, was 1,300 Iraqis, according to a report in the Washington Post on February 28. That was three times as great as was reported by US and Iraqi officials.

This is all so Vietnam-like. Back then the Pentagon would release such obvious lies, “today 8,000 Viet Cong were killed while one Marine suffered a hangnail,” that even the mainstream openly laughed at them. All the while they would proclaim that victory is just round the corner, the insurgents are on the run, the populace supports us, and other such yadda blah blah. Sound familiar?

And, oh yeah, they lost the Vietnam War.